Ground Broken on $25M Beresford Turkey Hatchery

The $25 million facility will hatch then transport day old turkeys to farms across the Midwest

BERESFORD, S.D. – A new turkey hatchery is coming to south east South Dakota.

Netherlands-based Hendrix Genetics broke ground Tuesday on the Hybrid Turkey facility in Beresford.

The $25 million facility will hatch then transport day old turkeys to farms across the Midwest.

Beresford Mayor Jim Fedderson says he’s ecstatic about the growing opportunities that will come with the new business.

“I’m so pleased with the number of jobs this is going to bring to us everything that goes along with it, the housing, the people that are going to move to town, we get the kids in the school system,” said Fedderson.

When it is built and operational, the hatchery will employ roughly 100 people.

Along with those employees will come quite a few birds.

“So we will have 30 million baby poults born here in Beresford, South Dakota ever year,” said Governor Dennis Daugaard. “And that’s a lot of turkeys!”

Governor Daugaard, who attended the groundbreaking for the new facility, says the company’s decision to choose South Dakota shows the state is still a leader in the agriculture industry despite low commodity prices and a harsh summer drought.

“It just shows we still have the right mix of things, low taxes, low cost environments, reasonable regulatory climate and a hardworking workforce,” said Daugaard.

Those reasons, along with proximity to the interstate and central-Midwest location are why the company chose to build in Beresford, along with the community’s support.

“We are thrilled to be here and we are going to be engaged and active and we hope our employees enjoy the ride as much as we do,” said Jerry Rowland of Hendrix Genetics.

About 100 jobs are expected to be created during construction of the building.

The hatchery is scheduled to open next summer.